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Museum Town

Directed by Jennifer Trainer

Release: 2019
Runtime: 76
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Director: Jennifer Trainer
Crew: Jennifer Trainer, Noah Bashevkin, Ivy Meeropol, Rachel Chanoff, Jack & Susy Wadsworth
Directed by Jennifer Trainer, a former journalist and one of MASS MoCA's original builders, and narrated by Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, the documentary tells the story of an unconventional museum, the small town of North Adams, MA it calls home, and the great risk, hope, and power of art to transform a desolate post-industrial city. 
 
Today, MASS MoCA is the largest museum for contemporary art in the world—but just three decades ago, its vast brick buildings were the abandoned relics of a shuttered factory. This documentary tells how such a wildly improbable transformation came to be. Museum Town also looks at the artistic process itself—not only how museums work but how artists create, tracking celebrated artist Nick Cave as he builds the monumental installation “Until,” a reflection on gun violence, race, and the American Dream.
 
In addition to Nick Cave, the documentary features appearances by artists James Turrell, Laurie Anderson and David Byrne, with original music and soundtrack by John Stirratt of Wilco, featuring songs by Talking Heads, Sharon Jones, Big Thief, Wilco, Moses Sumney among others.

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Color
  • Formats: DVD

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playdates

Venue City State Date
1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center Fredonia 1611550800January 25 - April 2, 2021
ACME Screening Room Lambertville 1610341200January 11 - April 2, 2021
Art Theatre of Long Beach Long Beach 1611118800January 20 - April 2, 2021
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks Bethlehem 1609822800January 5 - April 2, 2021
Aspen Film Aspen 1608267600December 18, 2020 - April 2, 2021
BAM Rose Cinemas Brooklyn 1607490000December 9, 2020 - April 2, 2021
Bijou Theatre Lincoln City 1610600400January 14 - April 2, 2021
Bryn Mawr Film Institute Bryn Mawr 1608181200December 17, 2020 - March 1, 2021
Cameo Art House Theatre Fayetteville 1608181200December 17, 2020 - February 19, 2021
Catlow Arts Center Barrington 1611118800January 20 - March 2, 2021
City Lights Cinemas Florence 1610600400January 14 - April 2, 2021
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1609131600December 28, 2020 - April 2, 2021
Colonial Theatre Belfast 1609390800December 31, 2020 - April 2, 2021
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans New Orleans 1607662800December 11, 2020 - April 2, 2021
Crystal Theatre Carbondale 1612155600February 1 - March 5, 2021
Darkside Cinema Corvallis 1608699600December 23, 2020 - April 2, 2021
Downing Film Center Newburgh 1608526800December 21, 2020 - April 2, 2021
Frontier Cafe Brunswick 1611205200January 21 - April 2, 2021
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1607490000December 9, 2020 - April 2, 2021
Grand Illusion Cinema Seattle 1614315600February 26 - April 12, 2021
Images Cinema Williamstown 1607490000December 9, 2020 - April 2, 2021
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Boston 1607490000December 9, 2020 - April 2, 2021
Jacob Burns Film Center Pleasantville 1607490000December 9, 2020 - April 2, 2021
Jane Pickens Theatre Newport 1612760400February 8 - April 2, 2021
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1607490000December 9, 2020 - April 2, 2021
Pickford Film Center Bellingham 1610600400January 14 - April 2, 2021
Reg Lenna Center for the Arts Jamestown 1609822800January 5 - April 2, 2021
Rivertown Film Society Nyack 1607922000December 14, 2020 - April 2, 2021
Row House Cinema Pittsburgh 1611723600January 27 - April 2, 2021
Salem Cinema Salem 1611118800January 20 - April 2, 2021
Strand Theatre Rockland 1614315600February 26 - April 2, 2021
Symphony Space New York 1610600400January 14 - April 2, 2021
The Moviehouse Millerton 1608094800December 16, 2020 - April 2, 2021
The Tull Family Theater Sewickley 1610341200January 11 - April 2, 2021
Time & Space Limited Hudson 1607922000December 14, 2020 - April 2, 2021
Tivoli at the Nelson-Atkins Kansas City 1612155600February 1 - March 19, 2021